Prewar planning documents reveal General Tommy Franks was smoking crack.

Remember those days before the U.S. launched its ill-conceived invasion of Iraq? It’s hard not to look back now and wonder just what the fuck we were thinking. Of course those of us, such as myself, who actually questioned the stunningly rosy outlook the Bush Administration had towards the war they were planning for where branded as unAmerican and traitors for daring to think for a moment that we knew better than the President. With the passing of time it’s easy to forget some of the promises made in the run up to the war, though most folks still recall how we were told that we’d be greeted as liberators by a grateful Iraqi citizenry showering our soldiers with roses and panties. Still the full extent of the Bush Administration’s wishful thinking hasn’t really been known.

That’s why it’s interesting to read that a group has managed to acquire some of the slides from the prewar planning that shows just how far into la-la land these people really were:

Slides obtained by the National Security Archive under the Freedom of Information Act contain a PowerPoint presentation of what planners projected to be a stable, pro-American and democratic Iraq after the ouster of Saddam Hussein.

“Completely unrealistic assumptions about a post-Saddam Iraq permeate these war plans,” said National Security Archive Executive Director Thomas Blanton in a statement posted on the organization’s Web site along with copies of some charts used in the PowerPoint presentation.

“First, they assumed that a provisional government would be in place by ‘D-Day’, then that the Iraqis would stay in their garrisons and be reliable partners and, finally, that the post-hostilities phase would be a matter of mere ‘months’. All of these were delusions.”

Yeah, delusional is pretty much the right word to use here. The most amazing thing is that the pre-war planning amounted to little more than a bunch of PowerPoint slides that contained a ridiculously optimistic outlook on the war and its aftermath.

But given the President we currently have, it’s amazing he was able to comprehend the PowerPoint slides let alone anything more in-depth.

6 thoughts on “Prewar planning documents reveal General Tommy Franks was smoking crack.

  1. Sadly none of this is all too surprising for me.  Seriously, were we to expect anything more than delusional thoughts and rosy pictures from our president.  The guy can’t even eat a pretzel for christ’s sake…

  2. Webs: The guy can’t even eat a pretzel for christ’s sake

    How different the world could have been – the number of lives that pretzel could have saved

    Article: Administration had towards the war they were planning for where branded as unAmerican and traitors for daring to think for a moment that we knew better than the President

    inverted democracy – government controlling the people

    There was clearly another motive – but with the cost + effect on oil prices I doubt it was a well-planned financial one (unless state spending can be sciphoned off into personal accounts). The US has done Iran a big favour – removed a rival and become spread too thily + somewhat weakened itself

  3. Things probably wouldn’t have been so bad if Donny hadn’t been so set on “de-ba’athication”.  Given you had to belong to the party if you wanted any sort of official position that managed to wipe out all the civil authorities, at the same time making all those people unemployed and pissed off.  The British army said don’t do it. The US army said don’t do it.  So
    WWRD (What would Rummy Do)?

  4. Please refer to picture to the right to establish IQ level————->

    This picture is either from a snipet of his ‘victory’ speech after the election or his response to a reporter who asked ‘What would you like to do for Americans?’

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